The Impact of Explicating Learning Goals on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Evaluating a Learning Goal Visualization

Angela Fessl*, Katharina Maitz, Sebastian Dennerlein, Viktoria Pammer-Schindler

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Abstract

Clear formulation and communication of learning goals is an acknowledged best practice in instruction at all levels. Typically, in curricula and course management systems, dedicated places for specifying learning goals at course-level exist. However, even in higher education, learning goals are typically formulated in a very heterogeneous manner. They are often not concrete enough to serve as guidance for students to master a lecture or to foster self-regulated learning. In this paper, we present a systematics for formulating learning goals for university courses, and a web-based widget that visualises these learning goals within a university’s learning management system. The systematics is based on the revised version of Bloom’s taxonomy of educational objectives by Anderson and Krathwohl. We evaluated both the learning goal systematics and the web-based widget in three lectures at our university. The participating lecturers perceived the systematics as easy-to-use and as helpful to structure their course and the learning content. Students’ perceived benefits lay in getting a quick overview of the lecture and its content as well as clear information regarding the requirements for passing the exam. By analysing the widget’s activity log data, we could show that the widget helps students to track their learning progress and supports them in planning and conducting their learning in a self-regulated way. This work highlights how theory-based best practice in teaching can be transferred into a digital learning environment; at the same time it highlights that good non-technical systematics for formulating learning goals positively impacts on teaching and learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology-Enhanced Learning for a Free, Safe, and Sustainable World - 16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021, Proceedings
EditorsTinne De Laet, Roland Klemke, Carlos Alario-Hoyos, Isabel Hilliger, Alejandro Ortega-Arranz
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
Pages1-15
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9783030864354
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021 - Online Conference, Bolzano, Italy
Duration: 20 Sep 202124 Sep 2021
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12884 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference16th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2021
Abbreviated titleEC-TEL 2021
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityBolzano
Period20/09/2124/09/21

Keywords

  • Learning goal systematics
  • Learning goal widget
  • Learning goals
  • Self-regulated learning
  • User study

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